DNOWS Header

Image Map

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

State Games Of America Grows Spectacularly

Photo courtesy of Scott Cushman Photography.

Open water swimmers from across the United States are eligible to enter the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 1st. Open water swimming is classified as a developing sport which means there are no qualifying standards.

Organizers hope that including the event in the 2015 State Games of America will encourage more State Games organizations in the U.S. to add open water swimming to their events.

The Nebraska Sports Council will oversee the 2015 event. “Our hope is that open water swimmers around the nation will participate in the State Games of America, enjoy the experience and encourage their State Games competitions back home to include open water swimming,”

said Dave Mlnarik, Nebraska Sports Council executive director.

The open water swimming competition in Holmes Lake during the 2015 SGA will include a 150-yard swim, a 750m race, a 1.5 km race, a 3 km race and a 5 km race. Open Water Swimming Director Arlo Lorenz has the event details and registration information available at SGA2015.com.

The 2015 State Games is the largest Olympic-style sports festival in the United States with 20,000 athletes expected to compete in more than 60 sports and recreational events with multiple age divisions and skill levels. “We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the top amateur competitors from across the country, and we’re confident they’ll have a great experience in Lincoln,” said Mlnarik. “The attractions and recreation opportunities in the area also make the 2015 SGA a great family vacation destination.”

The State Games of America is sanctioned by the National Congress of State Games. The biennial event began in 1999. President Dan Duffy explains the long-time goals of the sporting organization, “The Nebraska Sports Council is on track to bring the State Games of America to an entirely new level not experienced since its inception in 1999,” said Duffy. “State Games participants from across the country have been waiting with anticipation for registration to begin. The National Congress of State Games looks forward to continuing to support the efforts of the Nebraska Sports Council as they strive to produce the most successful State Games of America ever.”

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program